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Re: Taking control of the documentary situation, an immodest proposal
More rescuing from truncation... just a few comments beforehand, because
I'm using up my daily quota this way.
1) Some e-mail programs have two settings, e. g. Outlook Express has
"HTML (Rich Text)" and "Plain text". Others have four, e. g. Thunderbird
has "Determine automatically", "Plain text only", "HTML only", and
"Plain text and HTML". In the latter case, do not choose "Determine
automatically", determine "Plain text only", or it will be truncated.
2) If you can change the font, font size, font color, anything of what
you write, you haven't chosen "plain text only". Plain text _does not
have_ any of those attributes, it's a Platonic ideal, it's the Thing In
Itself. In Outlook Express and Thunderbird at least, when you set your
writings to plain text, the entire toolbar for text formatting
disappears; if it's there, you haven't chosen "plain text".
I agree [with GSP's proposal] - and I'm not a scientist, but an
animator. as I mentioned at svpow, these might be some valid ways to
concretely design leverage within such an effort:
1) Inform yourself. Note the companies that work in dodgy ways. And
more importantly, note the companies that work conscientiously (I can
recommend mdtv). Refuse to work with the former, do work with the
2) Demand conditional release contracts. A publisher must have your
written consent before using interview material. These are always
written up and signed in advance of the interview. If the company you
are working with isn't on one of the lists above, demand a clause
that gives you release rights -- ie. at least one edit review
session. After which you can refuse specific segments if you feel
they misrepresent you. Be prepared and willing to be turned down.
4) Make your own films.This is not as crazy as it sounds. If papers
supply there own visuals in the form of illustrations and animations
- as did the one on /Quetzalcoatlus -/ the media will incorporate
those and the public will be innundated. There are artistic ample
resources out there - artists such as those at ArtEvolved and
animators such as myself. Financial structures can be developed....
and there is an expenditure in educating that artist to the point
where the artwork is meaningful. But the expenditure is in your